Does your business require an emergency fuel plan in preparation to avoid critical downtime? If you do not currently have a guaranteed fuel contract in place for emergency standby generator fuel, there is a good chance that you are putting your operation at significant risk.

An emergency contract fuel supply ensures a steady fuel reserve during an emergency, such as a power outage caused by weather conditions. Many businesses and industries can benefit from these contracts by reducing their downtime and allowing them to continue to serve their customers and communities. Here are the top five signs that your business needs an emergency fuel contract to avoid downtime.

1. If Downtime Could Mean Catastrophic Consequences

If your business involves machines that must be in service 100% of the time to prevent immediate catastrophic consequences that could result in loss of life or financial collapse, you must have an emergency fuel delivery plan in place. An example of this type of business would be a hospital where patients’ lives are literally dependent on the ability to power machines, and lights are required for surgery. Another example is a pharmaceutical company or research facility where vital solutions must be refrigerated. In these circumstances, you must have power at all times.

Other businesses or industries that could be affected by unplanned downtime include:

When any of these industries experience unplanned downtime, it could create financial problems and potentially lead to the loss of life if one of these industries relies on consistent power for individual safety and health, making it essential to have plenty of emergency fuel.

2. If Your Community and Customers Depend on You

Most of your clients are likely within your community, so having the ability to provide for them during an emergency could be crucial. Your community and clients may depend on you during a disaster, so you must be prepared.

Depending on your services, you may be called in to offer help and emergency services to help your community after an emergency event strikes. For example, you may work in a nursing home, and your clients and their families rely on you to be prepared if the power goes out to continue to power life-saving medical equipment. Having plenty of reserves or emergency fuel is one of the best things you can do for your customers, community and business.

3. If Your Business Loses Power and Financial Losses Are Likely

The enemy of any company conducting business most or all of every day is downtime. Businesses like Amazon warehouses or internet providers do everything possible to avoid it. Some companies can lose thousands of dollars every minute their computers or servers are down. 

Approximately 98% of businesses say that just a single hour of downtime can cost over $150,000 in lost revenue. How much you’ll lose varies based on your industry, but loss can create significant setbacks. For example, data centers can lose critical information they store if unprepared for an outage, which could affect daily operations in the long term, causing substantial financial loss. 

Data centers need emergency generator fuel to sustain their daily operations during an outage. If you are responsible for such a company and do not have a guaranteed emergency fuel contract, you need to get one immediately.

4. You Need to Focus Your Attention on Business Operations

During an outage, there are plenty of things to focus on, such as continuing to provide for your customers, working through your disaster plan and continuing your regular business operations. Not having a guaranteed emergency fuel contract can waste time calling for fuel services or wondering if you’ll be able to get help when you need it most.

Before disaster strikes, you should ensure you have an emergency fuel contract, so you have one less thing to worry about. You’ll be better equipped to help your community, mitigate financial losses and provide critical services to your clients during an outage when you’re prepared.

5. You Don’t Know Who Currently Provides Your Emergency Fuel Services

If you don’t know who is currently responsible for your emergency fuel services, you are probably not working with the right emergency fuel services company. In fact, you may not have an emergency fuel services company at all. Make no mistake, if disaster should strike, the only way to be sure you will have enough fuel to power your generator through the crisis is to have an emergency fuel plan in place.

You may have a current emergency fuel provider but may be experiencing trouble with them. For example, you may not hear from them often, don’t receive updates about your fuel deliveries or find it challenging to have them come out to perform tank maintenance. These are all reasons you should look for or consider a new provider. You need a reliable emergency fuel provider to ensure you’re covered in an emergency.

What You Get With Foster Fuels

Foster Fuels’ Mission Critical division can provide an emergency fuel services plan to protect your business and help you avoid downtime in a crisis. We offer a variety of guaranteed fuel contracts to suit your needs and your business. 

There are many benefits to our emergency fuel contracts. We have fueling partners in every state in the continental U.S., so we can provide you with emergency fuel fast, no matter where you are. Foster Fuels also supplies fuel in Canada.

We can help you fulfill emergency fuel requirement compliance from your insurance provider or business protocols. Foster Fuels Mission Critical is pre-approved by most insurance companies. You can rely on us as a trusted provider, as we’ve been a leader in the fuel supplier industry since 1921. You can trust us to deliver guaranteed fuel, so you don’t experience downtime, can continue to provide for your community and reduce your risk of experiencing financial loss during a critical event.

Prepare for the Unexpected With Foster Fuels Mission Critical Emergency Fuel Contracts

Foster Fuels is known as the nation’s premiere reliable source of emergency fuel services. We have been supplying fuel to Data CentersHealth Care FacilitiesGovernments and more for over 100 years. We have supplied fuel for hurricane relief, earthquake relief and other major disaster relief efforts. Foster Fuels Mission Critical has consistently been awarded the Superior Supplier award for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for emergency fuel assistance. You can be sure that you can trust us with your business.

To learn more about our emergency fuel services or to set up an emergency fuel contract with us, call us at 1-800-344-6457 or contact us online today.